After getting into a car accident, your first thoughts should be about yourself. Take some deep breaths, collect your thoughts and make sure that you are, physically, okay. Then, you should remain at the scene and check on the other people involved in the crash. If they have suffered serious harm, you should call 911 immediately. If they are okay, then you should discuss the crash with them in a calm manner and exchange information with them.
You can then do your own proto-investigation of the crash scene. Take pictures of the accident scene, showing both vehicles, the impact made on each, the shrapnel that spilled on the ground and even the stoplights, traffic signs or traffic signals that were present at your crash. You should also talk to witnesses and take down their information if they are willing to give it you. You could also ask them if they are willing to give a statement on the crash they witnessed.
As the days pass, you will have legal questions and you may even be considering legal action. If so, then you should talk with a lawyer.
Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” Accessed Jan. 12, 2017